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American sniper : the autobiography of the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history / Chris Kyle with Jim DeFelice and Scott McEwen.

By: Kyle, Chris, 1974-2013 [author.].
Contributor(s): McEwen, Scott [author.] | DeFelice, Jim, 1956- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : William Morrow, 2014Copyright date: ©2013Edition: First movie tie-in trade paperback edition.Description: 379, 14 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 23 cm.Content type: text | still image | cartographic image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780062401724 (paperback); 0062401726 (paperback).Subject(s): Kyle, Chris, 1974-2013 | United States. Navy. SEALs -- Biography | Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal narratives, American | Snipers -- United States -- BiographyDDC classification: 956.7044/342
Contents:
Prologue: Evil in the crosshairs -- Bustin' broncs and other ways of having fun -- Jackhammered -- Takedowns -- Five minutes to live -- Sniper -- Dealing death -- Down in the shit -- Family conflicts -- The punishers -- The devil of Ramadi -- Man down -- Hard times -- Mortality -- Home and out -- About the author : the life of Chris Kyle -- Something other than work : bringing Chris's story to the big screen / by Taya Kyle -- From the depth of grief, a legend : how tragedy shaped the American sniper script / by Jason Hall.
Summary: Gripping, eye-opening, and powerful, American Sniper is the astonishing autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, who is the record-holding sniper in U.S. military history. Kyle has more than 150 officially confirmed kills (the previous American record was 109), though his remarkable career total has not been made public by the Pentagon. In this New York Times bestselling memoir, Kyle shares the true story of his extraordinary decade-long career, including his multiple combat tours in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and elsewhere from 1999-2009. Kyle's riveting first-person account of how he went from Texas rodeo cowboy to expert marksman and feared assassin offers a fascinating view of modern-day warfare and one of the most in-depth and illuminating looks into the secret world of Special Ops ever written.
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A special movie tie-in edition of the #1 bestselling memoir by the late Chris Kyle - includes brand new material about the making of the film and an insert featuring stills from the movie. Now a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller This special edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller is packed with brand new material to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. He was the top American sniper of all time, called the legend by his Navy SEAL brothers, and a hero by those he served on the home front . . . From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle's masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the greatest war memoirs of all time. A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. After 9/11, he was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. He recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war-of twice being shot, and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends. American Sniper also honors Kyle's fellow warriors, who raised hell on and off the battlefield. And in moving first-person accounts throughout, Kyle's wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their marriage and children, as well as on Chris. Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of service and sacrifice that only one man could tell.

Prologue: Evil in the crosshairs -- Bustin' broncs and other ways of having fun -- Jackhammered -- Takedowns -- Five minutes to live -- Sniper -- Dealing death -- Down in the shit -- Family conflicts -- The punishers -- The devil of Ramadi -- Man down -- Hard times -- Mortality -- Home and out -- About the author : the life of Chris Kyle -- Something other than work : bringing Chris's story to the big screen / by Taya Kyle -- From the depth of grief, a legend : how tragedy shaped the American sniper script / by Jason Hall.

Gripping, eye-opening, and powerful, American Sniper is the astonishing autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, who is the record-holding sniper in U.S. military history. Kyle has more than 150 officially confirmed kills (the previous American record was 109), though his remarkable career total has not been made public by the Pentagon. In this New York Times bestselling memoir, Kyle shares the true story of his extraordinary decade-long career, including his multiple combat tours in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and elsewhere from 1999-2009. Kyle's riveting first-person account of how he went from Texas rodeo cowboy to expert marksman and feared assassin offers a fascinating view of modern-day warfare and one of the most in-depth and illuminating looks into the secret world of Special Ops ever written.

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Booklist Review

If you're wondering why it takes multiple cowriters for Navy SEALs sniper Kyle to tell his story, consider this: Jim DeFelice, coauthor number two, is the author of numerous military thrillers. He clearly appears to have been brought on board to give Kyle's story the requisite oomph. And it worked. The book reads like a a first-person thriller narrated by a sniper. The bare-bones facts are stunning. Kyle has the most confirmed kills of any U.S. military sniper (more than 150), two Silver Stars, and at least one confirmed bounty on his head. The book follows his career from 1999 to 2009, and, like Anthony Swofford's Jarhead (2003), it portrays a sniper's life as a mixture of terror and mind-numbing boredom. The book never glorifies what Kyle did for a living, but it's not an apologia, either. Kyle doesn't spend a lot of time justifying his chosen profession, preferring instead to give readers a sense of what it is like to be a sniper, which lets us speculate as to whether we would have what it takes, if the situation called for it. A first-rate military memoir.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist

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